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    04-30-2012, 11:41 PM
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Foal
greasy heel/mud fever

Hi, yesterday I went out to the paddock to see my horse, bandit, and I noticed he was really lame. I checked the leg over and noticed he had greasy heel. I cleaned it up and got the scabs off, put cream on and bandaged it up. I was just wondering what else I could do for him ?? He is in a lot of pain, can hardly walk and as soon as I put him back in the paddock he laid down. I got him up an hour later and walked him around. Also, I was just wondering how he got it because there is no mud in the paddock, and it rained a bit last but he was fine afterwards until yesterday.
Thanks.
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    05-01-2012, 06:23 AM
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Weanling
Not sure about the lameness but I am hoping your guy feels better soon. My old quarter horse use to get mud fever every summer. The first thing we did was shave the area so we had easier access to the scabs. Then we washed the area with a water and betadine mixture everyday, dried the area, and then put on a cream. When the scabs dried, we would peel them gentle off. Once it healed, there was a spray I got that was suppose to prevent him from getting it again. The thing to remember is to keep the area as dry as possible. Good luck.
     
    05-01-2012, 07:14 AM
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Trained
Hi,

IME mud fever/greasy heel doesn't tend to make a horse lame unless it's really severe & swollen. If it's at that stage, I'd consider getting the vet. What was the cream that you put on it? Is it an anti-fungal/-bacterial stuff? Is it anti-inflammatory?

Interested to know if it's on white socks? Pink skin is more susceptible & according to recent vets(my horses don't suffer from it but others on the property do), because it's commonly exacerbated by photosensitivity. If it's something like that, buttercups in the pasture are one possible culprit.

Otherwise, this type of infection is usually linked with nutritional imbalance & horses that are well supplemented with balanced nutrition don't tend to be susceptible to these kind of infections.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:21 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Hi,

IME mud fever/greasy heel doesn't tend to make a horse lame unless it's really severe & swollen. If it's at that stage, I'd consider getting the vet. What was the cream that you put on it? Is it an anti-fungal/-bacterial stuff? Is it anti-inflammatory?

Interested to know if it's on white socks? Pink skin is more susceptible & according to recent vets(my horses don't suffer from it but others on the property do), because it's commonly exacerbated by photosensitivity. If it's something like that, buttercups in the pasture are one possible culprit.

Otherwise, this type of infection is usually linked with nutritional imbalance & horses that are well supplemented with balanced nutrition don't tend to be susceptible to these kind of infections.


Hi, I am using a cream called illium dermapred, my vet gave it to me when my horse cut his neck. Its a green colour and has been very helpful to a lot of my horses wounds and is seeming to help with this as well.
The pics are of the greasy heel yesterday (thursday), its cleared up heaps since monday. Sorry they are a bit blurry.
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